Connemara National Park

Connemara National Park

Situated in the West of Ireland in County Galway, Connemara National Park covers some 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the Park’s mountains, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght, are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range. Connemara National Park was established and opened to the public in 1980.

Much of the present Park lands formed part of the Kylemore Abbey Estate and the Letterfrack Industrial School, the remainder having been owned by private individuals. The southern part of the Park was at one time owned by Richard (Humanity Dick) Martin who helped to form the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals during the early 19th century. The Park lands are now wholly owned by the State and managed solely for National Park purpose.

Education

Connemara National Park Education Programme caters for a wide variety of groups, including:

  • Pre-school
  • Primary school
  • Secondary school
  • University/College groups
  • Scouts/Cubs/Guides
  • Special Needs groups
  • Youth/Community groups

The Education Programme is free of charge and offers a number of different options for Primary schools, depending on the age group. Join the team on a fun Nature Awareness Day or perhaps a Bog Walk. How about a Mini Beasts Day or check out the pond life with a Pond Dipping Experience.

Connemara National Park Education Programme must be booked in advance. If you would like to book please contact 076 1002528 or email cnp@ahg.gov.ie

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For more information visit: http://www.connemaranationalpark.ie/?page_id=83.